TELLURIDE – What do the Telluride Film Festival and the Wilkinson Public Library have in common? Free films, food and lively discussion, of course. Both organizations are excited to launch a second round of their popular Cinematheque film club.
For cinephiles who would like the opportunity to watch and discuss great films all year, not just during Film Festival weekend, this fall’s four-part series will cover Film Noir. The success of the last Cinematheque film series, which examined the French New Wave, led to a continuation of the club. All community members are encouraged attend the films and partake in fabulous food with a film noir them. And did we mention that the program is free?
Planned by Telluride Film Festival Director Gary Meyer, each “SHOW” will be double-billed as if being screened in the 1940s and 50s. The first segment, scheduled for Monday, Sept.28, will be hosted by Watch publisher and local cinephile Seth Cagin, and feature In A Lonely Place (1950, 94 min.) and Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006, 68 min.).
Humphrey Bogart and director Nicholas Ray joined forces to create this breathtaking thriller In A Lonely Place, which addresses the attractiveness of instability. Bogart plays a worn-out Hollywood screenwriter who falls for the lovely Gloria Grahame. In turn, she helps him with an alibi for a murder charge, but has she made the right decision?
The 2006 documentary Bringing Darkness to Light, delves deeply into the subject of flim noir. Complete with fantastic clips, posters and extensive interviews, it covers traditional themes such as femmes fatales, lighting, fatalism, and music, and is a wonderful diving platform for discussion in the series.
A free, pre-SHOW reception will take place at 5:30 p.m., followed by the films and discussion, which will start at 6 p.m. All events take place at the Wilkinson Public Library.
Sunday at the Palm Brings an Old Favorite
The 1981 hit Raiders of the Lost Ark will be featured at this weekend’s Sunday at the Palm presented by the Telluride Film Festival. It is the inaugural free Sunday film event of the new school year.
The film stars Harrison Ford in one of his most famous roles as treasure-hunter Indiana Jones, an archaeologist who is pitted against the Nazis in this thrilling quest for the Ark of the Covenant. In his daring pursuits, Jones is attacked by giant spiders, narrowly escapes booby traps, is pursued by a massive boulder and jumps over bottomless pits. The film was the top grossing film of 1981 and remains one of the highest grossing films ever made. The project originated with writer/producer George Lucas’ goal of creating a modern version of 1930s and 40s serials and has indeed led to three additional films.
When Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times re-reviewed the film in 2000, he wrote, “The movie is just plain fun… it’s a Boy's Own Adventure, a whiz-bang slamarama, a Bruised Forearm movie (you squeeze the arm of your date every time something startles you). It's done with a kind of heedless joy.”
The film will be screened for free, this Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Palm Theatre at 4 p.m. It is rated PG and runs 115 minutes.
Sunday at the Palm is presented by the Telluride Film Festival, the Telluride Foundation and the Telluride R1 School District.